Apr 5, 2022

(Leviticus 8, Psalm 9; Optional Romans 3:1-19, Proverbs 17:10-14)

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LEVITICUS 8 – The beginning of the 7-day long ordination process for Aaron (who will be high priest) and his sons as priests. God gave all these instructions in Ex 29, now they’re being carried out exactly (note the repeated “as Yahweh commanded”). Although the high priest would normally lead this service, Moses himself is involved in the sacrifices and sprinkling of blood this time, which is ANOTHER way that Jesus fulfills Deut 18:15-19 (cf Acts 3:22-23, 7:35-39; Heb 9:11-14).

Note ALL the sacrifices and blood, because even the priests were sinners who had to be cleanses of their OWN sin before sacrificing on behalf of the other Israelites. From the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible: [“In strong contrast to this, Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14; 10:21), never sinned and therefore never needed atonement. Instead, he made perfect atonement by his holy life and offered himself as the ultimate atoning sacrifice for sinners (Heb. 7:26–27; 9:12, 14, 26; 1 Pet. 3:18). Those who understand these things look to him alone for their salvation, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).”]

Lev 8:35 – “that you do not die” – Even after this extremely careful week-long ordination / installment service, two of Aaron’s sons carelessly do their own thing in Lev 10 and are struck down by God.

PSALM 9 – A psalm of encouragement and confidence in God even while persecuted and being oppressed. God will bring justice one day and He has NOT forsaken those who seek Him (even though it may FEEL like that at times). Note the repeated COMMITMENTS to thank and praise God in Ps 9:1-2, and the REASONS for thanksgiving and praise in Ps 9:3-10. These verses also help us pray for the persecuted church in our day – “Lord, help them to still thank and praise You, and Lord we look to YOU to bring help and justice. Father, help believers who are oppressed to FEEL the glorious truths of Ps 9:9-10”

Don’t miss the missionary command in Ps 9:11, or the REASONS for the prayer for help: “that I may RECOUNT all Your praises, that…I may REJOICE in Your salvation.” (Ps 9:14). I’ve written a capital “F” next to Ps 9:20 as I study the proper fear of God throughout the Bible.

Ps 9:19-20 – A wonderful prayer for fellow believers in countries where they are persecuted for following Jesus.

Optional Rom 3:1-19 – In light of the current attempts to pit different “identity groups” against each other, notice how different the message of Scripture! First, we’re ALL ALIKE in that ALL PEOPLE are made in God’s image (Gen 1:26-27). Second, we’re ALL ALIKE in that we’re ALL SINNERS who deserve God’s eternal judgment. This section is filled with OT quotes that are designed to thoroughly humble ALL of us, before the deep encouragement of v 21-26.

Optional Proverbs 17:10-14 – Pr 17:10 – What gets my attention says much about me. ANOTHER motivation to receive rebuke / correction well!